Emmy-winning filmmaker and author Loki Mulholland will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. The granting of honorary degrees by the Ithaca College Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the faculty recognizes leaders who represent the ideals embraced by the Ithaca College community and who serve as a mirror of the college’s values, mission, and character.
A civil rights activist in the mold of his celebrated mother, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, he told her story in the illustrated children’s book “She Stood for Freedom”—which was nominated for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer Award—and film “An Ordinary Hero,” which appeared on PBS. His other notable, award-winning documentaries include “After Selma”; “The Evers,” on Showtime; and “The Uncomfortable Truth,” on Amazon Prime, which dives into the 400-year history of institutional racism in America.
Mulholland founded and serves as executive director of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation, which takes a multi-faceted approach to educating people in anti-racism, and he regularly speaks around the country on issues of race and social justice. He joined his mother for a Day of Learning series event at Ithaca College last fall, “Students as Advocates and Change Agents,” advising students about how they can have an impact on issues of injustice.
Mulholland studied cinema and photography in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and would have graduated from IC in 1994 had he not gotten stuck in Russia for a short time after studying and working abroad, consequently missing his final year. Following his campus visit last fall, administrators in the Park School determined from his transcripts, his business degree from the University of Phoenix, and credit for his professional film work that he had ultimately qualified for his undergraduate degree, which he was awarded in December 2022.